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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (15) and Angelee (11) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

About the Journey

Life is certainly a remarkable adventure! You just never quite know what's around that next corner! I am a 36 year old wife and mommy to 4 amazing children. When I started this blog a few years ago I had no idea just how much I would learn about the depths of God's love in the years ahead! Back then I was a mommy of two little girls. In September 2011 we were given the greatest privilege to become proud parents to a very special little boy called Zac, our "lion heart". We were entrusted to carry him in pregnancy in an amazing walk of faith, because he would only be ours this side of Heaven for 21 and a half hours after birth. Our precious heart baby has taught us more about the reality of Heaven and the truly important matters of the heart in his short journey in our lives than a lifespan of living could have taught us. He continues to be our pointer to Jesus in remarkable ways. "Love in Action" has become our incredible journey through grief to live lives filled with grace, strength, increasing joy and purpose as we continue to heal and grow in God's amazing love as a family. Just a few weeks ago we welcomed our second son, Gabriel into this amazing big-wide-world-of-wonder! We are overcome with joy as the Great Restorer is faithfully at work in our lives! Please come and join me on my adventure. I'm one of those people who wears my heart on my sleeve. I'm a firm believer of living my life out in the open as I continue to pursue a life lived in truth and freedom. I am exploring the depths of God's personal love for us, and I have to say that life is far more colourful lived in His love. I would like to live my life having experienced rich friendships - both new and old and most certainly having loved and laughed my way through most of it. I welcome you to share your thoughts and comments with me. At the end of each blog entry, click on "comments" to add your thoughts. I can't wait to hear from you! Here's to life God's way ... RICH and FULL in Jesus Christ's overflowing love for us!

19 April 2012

From a starry-eyed girl to the man she loves :)

There is a certain somebody in my life who has a way of capturing my heart like nobody else can. He wakes me up to whatever my flavour of the moment is: either normal tea, rooibos tea, decaf tea, earl grey tea, mixed tea, chamomile tea, milo, horlicks, hot chocolate, decaf coffee, "special" coffee or simply hot water. The fact that it HAS to be a surprise and I HAVE to love it makes it all the more amazing that he almost always chooses the right one for me almost every single day ;0) For a person who doesn't like surprises, he is willing to keep creating little ways of surprising his surprise-adoring wife. 10 points for the long stemmed roses in a bucket next to my bed this morning ;) (No I didn't find the surprise you hid from me yesterday even though I may just have hunted around a tiny bit investigating the possibilities :) hee hee)
I love that he was the first and only man to receive my kisses and that he had the long-suffering patience to wait until the day he proposed and put a sparkling diamond on my finger to receive his first kiss from me. 15 years later - the kisses are just as special my love, and you never have to wait for them ;0)
I love that you put up with all my words when you can say all that has taken me minutes to say instead in one sentence and it will be absolutely brilliant and spot on! I love even more on the odd occasion that you can find so many words to write me a long love letter because you know how much it means to me, even though you and I both know you don't really like writing :) 
I love that you are so anchored when I live life at roller coaster speeds.
I love that you have still found me beautiful through all my crazy hairstyles and sizes before, during and after each pregnancy. You always make me feel like your queen.
I love that we are still finding ways to tell and show each other how much we love and treasure each other. I love that our girls get the giggles every time we share a quick kiss or cuddle. I love that I can see so much of you in different ways in all 3 of our children. I love that we get to work out how to parent and love each of our kiddies and raise them to be the Kingdom Warriors they are called to be.  
Without over-exaggerating, I can truly say that the love has been steadfast, passionate and true. Where there have been storms, Jesus has always kept us anchored and we have always clung onto each other instead of pushing each other away. Any fights e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y ends up with a make-up kiss (which might just possibly be worth the disagreement in the first place - hee hee). I am so thankful that we've always been able to be honest and tell everything in our hearts to each other. I love that with all we have negotiated these last 15 years, you and I can say with joy in our hearts that the laughter, joy and love has far outweighed the tears and that even when the tears fell, we  have been in each others arms having the privilege of comforting each other. The fact that both our families love and cheer us on is a rare and appreciated gift. We have lived, learned and loved so much already - can you just imagine what next adventures could possibly lie ahead of us?! Whatever we face, we will face with love, heart peace and a whole bunch of laughter and faith. God truly has been the 3rd strand interwoven in making us one.   
15 years later my love, I am still your starry eyed girl who loves you more than words can say.  Happy anniversary the hottest, most handsome man alive ;0)
Love Janni


rosedel Friday, April 20, 2012  

You've been on my mind this week. I wanted to email Adeye and ask her for your blog address again and there was your picture on her post. Pretty cool how that happens sometimes. Anyway, I was hoping you were healing and holding on tight to the Lord. You are in my prayers and no, you don't know me:) I'm just a reader and a pray-er.

JustEllaBella Friday, April 20, 2012  

Awww thats so sweet. To me being inlove means your "happy place" is a person and not a destination, Im glad you have that :)

Niqui Sunday, April 22, 2012  

Love you both so very much


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